NUMERO GROUP UNEARTHS NEVER-RELEASED ALBUM BY HEAVILY SAMPLED STAX GROUP 24-CARAT BLACK!
Originally released in 1973, 24-Carat Black’s opus, Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth provided a bleak worldview in contrast to many of their label mates, or much of the world for that matter. Telling tales of the grim realities of inner-city existence, the album was released below the radar at the time, but later enjoyed somewhat of a revival as its tracks provided the samples for hits by Jay-Z, Eric B & Rakim, Digable Planets, Nas and many others. Due to a number of factors, subsequent recordings were never released, and sat in the basement of the group’s engineer and keyboardist until now. Numero Group has done it yet again, and uncovered a slice of American soul music that has been lost for over a quarter of a century: Gone: The Promises of Yesterday are the last remaining songs by 24-Carat Black. Gone are the message-laden songs that they were known for, but these tales of love, either professed or lost, retain the uncannily catchy bass lines and haunting melodies that made the group famous in the first place.
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About the label: Founded in 2003, The Numero Group is American’s premier archival reissue label.
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“A purposeful response to our suddenly soulless musical landscape” – CMJ